The membership of this organization shall consist of persons who subscribe to Artile II of the By-Laws ["The purpose of the Seminary is to prepare men for the ministry of the Word and sacraments in churches that are disposed to call and ordain men trained in the Reformed faith as confessed in the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort and the Westminster Confession of Faith."]; and who profess that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God and who are willing to commit themselves to the creeds of the Reformed and Presbyterian churches, namely, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confession; who make a financial contribution annually to the Mid-America Seminary Foundation.
The President of the Board of Trustees and/or a majority of the Board of Trustees present may, as a condition to voting at any meeting of the Association, require any or all persons present to subscribe in writing to the requirements of membership as herein provided, and failure of any person present to sign such a statement shall make said person ineligible to vote at such a meeting. Appeal may be made from the decision of the President of the Board of Trustees or the majority of the Board of Trustees present on the question of such membership, and a majority vote of those present entitled to vote shall be final and binding.
Meetings of the Association
- A meeting of the Association shall be held as needed for the purpose of the election of members to the Board of Trustees and for transaction of such other business as may be placed on the Agenda by the Board of Trustees. The primary purpose for a meeting of the Association shall be to elect Board members from a slate of nominees presented to the Association by the Board of Trustees. A meeting of the Association shall ordinarily take place by means of a mail-balloting process.
- The Board of Trustees shall designate the timing and method of the meeting. The meeting shall be announced to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to action by the Association.
- Special meetings of the Association may be called by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees.
- The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for determining the agenda for the meeting and the manner in which the meeting shall be conducted.
- Ordinarily, meetings of the Association shall be conducted in the following manner:
- The Board of Trustees shall inform Association members by mail of the meeting’s agenda and procedure for balloting.
- Association members shall be required to submit their ballot by a date to be determined by the Board of Trustees. The quorum for the meeting shall be determined in advance of the balloting by the Board of Trustees.
- The results of the balloting by the Association shall be confirmed and ratified by Board action.
- Each member of the Association shall be entitled to one vote, either in person or by proxy.
- All meetings of the Association, including any business transacted, shall be recorded by the Board of Trustees in its official Minutes.
- Though the Board of Trustees may solicit the advice of the Association, it shall retain full responsibility for the determination of Seminary policy and the oversight of Seminary operations.